Junior Surf is divided into four age groups. Each group is classed by the age of the child on 1st October.
NIP NIPS 5,6 & 7 year olds (a parent or caregiver is required to stay during the session)
This group focuses on introducing awareness and building confidence in and around the water. This is achieved through education and games. Nip Nips learn basic safety skills as well as surf events such as beach flags, sprints, relays, run-wade-run and boogie board races.
NIPPERS 8 & 9 year olds (a parent or caregiver is required to stay during the session)
This group builds on the foundation learnt in Nip Nips as well as further education in the beach events. At this level the children are encouraged to work towards their 200m badge. With this badge the children are then able to compete in smaller foam kneeboard races at carnivals.
ROOKIES 10 & 11 year olds
At this stage, the children need to achieve their 200m badge or their participation will be limited. Rookies will start to focus on board and tube rescue events as well as the beach flags, sprints and run-swim-run. Training for Rookies is also held during the week. See Training & Competition for further information.
Many children at this stage find the events they most enjoy and excel at. Rookies can enter the National Competition called Ocean Athletes held at Mt Maunganui each year.
CADETS 12 & 13 year olds
Cadets focus on developing skills to become lifeguards. Cadets will be taught skills such as CPR, patient care and a strong knowledge of tube rescue as well as the usual events, as mentioned above. For cadets involved in competition, there is also a great emphasis on fitness. As like Rookies, Training sessions are also held during the week.
Cadets can enter the National Competition called Ocean Athletes held at Mt Maunganui each year.
BECOMING A LIFEGUARD 14+ yrs
Becoming a Fitzroy Lifeguard requires a number of skills and attributes, most importantly a positive outlook and a ‘can do’ attitude. See the New Lifeguards page for more information.
To qualify as a Lifeguard, you must be assessed and awarded the ‘Surf lifeguard award’ also known as the Bronze Medallion.
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